Informed Consent: Patient's Right or Patient's Duty?
Hull, Richard T.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1985 May; 10(2): 183-197.
Ethical discussions that focus on informed consent as a patient's right are faulted for overlooking a concomitant patient responsibility knowledgeably to authorize treatment. Building on the premises that a physician cannot have an obligation to commit battery, i.e., an unauthorized touching, and that a patient cannot validly consent to something unknown, the author argues that the patient has a duty to consent to treatment and to know the precedented risks and benefits of the selected treatment and of alternative treatments. (KIE abstract)
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